The primary goal of the CTHB is to promote the health of trees native to South Africa through the use of biotechnology. To accomplish this, CTHB projects typically consider the pathogens and pests that are associated with native trees and woody hosts. The CTHB also explores the possible effects that factors such as climate change, society, natural forest health and plant genetics may have on the health of native woody resources and ecosystems.

The CTHB is hosted by the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria. Within FABI it is intimately linked to the Tree Protection Cooperative Programme (TPCP), a research programme that has a track record of more than two decades in dealing with the pests and diseases of commercially important forestry species.

The CTHB is structured as a virtual Centre of Excellence that conducts scientific research via a collaborative network, with the node of the network represented by researchers at UP. In addition to the UP group, this network involves researchers and their postgraduate students from other Higher Education Institutions in South Africa. These institutions include the Agricultural Research Council, University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand, University of the Free State and Rhodes University.

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Woudenberg JC, van der Merwe NA, Jurjević Z, Groenewald JZ, Crous PW. (2015) Diversity and movement of indoor Alternaria alternata across the mainland USA. Fungal Genetics and Biology 10.1016/j.fgb.2015.05.003
Osorio JA, Wingfield MJ, de Beer ZW, Roux J. (2015) Pseudocercospora mapelanensis sp. nov., associated with a fruit and leaf disease of Barringtonia racemosa in South Africa. Australasian Plant Pathology 10.1007/s13313-015-0357-4
Jami F, Slippers B, Wingfield MJ, Loots MT, Gryzenhout M. (2015) Temporal and spatial variation of Botryosphaeriaceae associated with Acacia karroo in South Africa. Fungal Ecology 15:51-62. 10.1016/j.funeco.2015.03.001 PDF
Chen SF, Li GQ, Liu FF, Michailides TJ. (2015) Novel species of Botryosphaeriaceae associated with shoot blight of pistachio. Mycologia 10.3852/14-242
Maier W, McTaggart AR, Roux J, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Phakopsora myrtacearum sp. nov., a newly described rust (Pucciniales) on eucalypts in eastern and southern Africa. Plant Pathology 10.1111/ppa.12406

FABI Events

2015-06-03 10h00 Monthly FABI tea FABI Courtyard
2015-06-04 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Markus Wilken
Lizahn Zwart - A proteomics approach to studying the interaction between Eucalyptus grandis and Chrysoporthe austroafricana
Omotayo Adenigba - The structure and evolution of the pheromone genes in Fusarium circinatum
Ludwig Eksteen - Factors influencing host choice by Sirex noctilio
Lizel Potgieter - Characterisation of pectic isozymes in Armillaria: An introduction